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Associate playwright

Associate playwright

locationLondon SW1W 8AS, UK
ExpiresExpires: 23/05/2024
Fixed term contract

Closing date: 23rd May 2024 at 10am

Salary: £7,970.40 (gross) per annum, pro-rata (£39,852 (gross) per annum FTE)

Contract: 1 day per week, 1 year fixed term contract

Location: The Royal Court Theatre, London


The Royal Court Theatre has an exciting and unique opportunity for someone to join the team as an associate playwright.

The Royal Court is the writer’s theatre - the leading national and international force for championing, cultivating and supporting theatre writers.

This role will join a new group of Associate Playwrights, working alongside the leadership team at the Royal Court to place theatre writers at the heart of planning and decision-making across all our work. In particular, over this first year with a new artistic director in post, there is the ambition to redefine our approach, public articulation of our work, and the role we play in the playwrighting ecology more broadly.

This job is an invitation to come and be part of that thinking and to shape the Royal Court’s future: the writers’ theatre led by writers.



  • Acting as part of the artistic leadership of the Royal Court and joining meetings of the Associates group and wider organisation teams to develop and shape our artistic mission.
  • Inputting at a high level into the planning and articulation of key programmes and projects such as writer support, outreach initiatives and partnership work.
  • Reading and responding to scripts identified by the literary and artistic team for consideration and contributing expert insights towards decisions around artistic programming and writer development.
  • Occasionally leading on specific discretionary events or areas of work, particularly around our support for and engagement with writers.
  • Acting as an advocate for the Royal Court and our mission, both in public – including occasional media appearances – and through engaging with supporters and donors at key moments.
  • Shaping and upholding key Royal Court policies and approaches, including around anti-racism and anti-oppression.


Knowledge, skills and experience

  • Experience, involvement and ongoing activity as a working playwright.
  • Demonstrable commitment to building and contributing to the best working culture for artists and staff, including advancing anti-racism and anti-oppression either in the theatre sector or more widely.
  • Track record for supporting and developing the work of fellow writers and/or the wider theatre ecology, those this could be in any form or context.
  • A passion for the mission of the Royal Court and desire to contribute to its future.


The Royal Court Theatre operates the Disability Confident scheme, which means you are guaranteed to be shortlisted to the next stage if you meet the minimum criteria. Please clearly outline in your email if you would like to be considered under this scheme.

We welcome and encourage applications from candidates who are under-represented in the creative industries. 

Please state in your application that you found this role through Creative Access.

Fields of study

  • Performing arts / TV

Level of experience

  • Mid-Level

Required languages

  • English